I have recently been sent this great old football team photograph by a lovely friend who knows how much I enjoy researching old postcards and images, especially if there is a clue on the back like there is with this one!!
On the back of the photograph is written Francis Edward CARTWRIGHT, No, 8 Washington Street, Bromley-By-Bow, London – could I find a match to him? There is more information about Bromley-By-Bow here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromley-by-Bow
I started by looking at the 1911 census records and searching by street name and quickly struck lucky finding a match to the CARTWRIGHT family living at 8 Washington Street in Bromley-By-Bow – the family consisted of mother Emily CARTWRIGHT a widow aged 44 and children Francis CARTWRIGHT aged 21, Emmeline Maud CARTWRIGHT aged 19 and Maud Agnes CARTWRIGHT aged 17, as below, Francis’s occupation is given as Engineer Storekeeper :
Source Citation: The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 England Census
Using this information I then found the CARTWRIGHT family on the 1901 census living at 8 Washington Street, as below, showing parents Francis and Emily CARTWRIGHT aged 41 and 34 with children Francis aged 11, Emmeline aged 9, Maud aged 7, Rosina aged 4 and Henry aged 3 – also living with them was Grandfather Francis CARTWRIGHT aged 61 – the occupation for father Francis CARTWRIGHT is shown as a Nail MAKER.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 344; Folio: 21; Page: 34 Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 England Census
From this information I then found the baptism record, as below, for Francis Edward CARTWRIGHT on 29th March 1891 in the Parish of Bromley St Leonard, which confirmed Francis’s birth date as 27th September 1889.
Source Citation: London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Reference Number: p88/mry2/011 Source Information: Ancestry.com. London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1917
Francis’s father Francis CARTWRIGHT married Emily Jane BAILEY on the 16th October 1887 at All Saints Church in West Ham in Essex.
Using this date of birth and the looking at the photograph of the football team my best date estimate is approximately 1905, so could I discover any more information about this.
Knowing very little about football I looked at Wikipedia to see what years a lot of the London Football Clubs started and was found that many were founded in the 1890’s as per the information on this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_in_London
I also found similar old football team photographs, so I am hoping that someone might be able to identify the football tops in my photograph of Francis Edward CARTWRIGHT to help me further as it is very similar to this one https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/history-bromley-football-club-1892-160703849
I need to investigate Francis further after the 1911 census, but I have found his mother Emily CARTWRIGHT aged 73 and still a widow living with children Emmeline aged 47, Rosina aged 42 and Arthur aged 38 – they are living in Ilford in Essex.
Source Citation: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/1090A Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1939 England and Wales Register
I now need to investigate the later life of Francis Edward CARTWRIGHT and will update you again in due course – however if anyone has a family link to him or his family or knows anything about the football connection please send me an email as it would be great to hear from you
Many thanks for reading…